BW Dr. Manhattan 1The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 

 

 

Let’s get one thing straight before I delve into my reviews of this series: I’m not a Watchmen fan.  I’ve tried reading the comics, and I’ve tried watching both versions of the film, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  That’s not to say that I don’t like Alan Moore’s work—I believe he has done some really phenomenal stuff in the past—it just wasn’t something that I caught onto.  But, I picked Dr. Manhattan mainly because I’m a fan of J. Michael Straczynski’s writing and was eager to see what he’d do in this prequel series to impress even a non-fan like me.  I have to say, I am intrigued by what I’ve read.



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Spike 1The Buffy writing staff has been trying to cure Spike of his Buffy-love and let him stand on his own for some time now. Angel Season 5 moved the bar a bit. Brian Lynch’s time with the platinum blonde vamp in comic form also proved to help him step out of the shadows and into a leading man role. Still, despite these advancements, Spike’s slayer-shaped heartache is still around. Well, blondie bear is back at it again, with writer Victor Gischler taking the vamp with a soul - version 2.0 on a cosmic quest to tackle his demons.



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Daisy Viktoria 1The following is an interview with costumer Daisy Viktoria, whose amazing creations span historical, fantasy, and cosplay genres.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Daisy Viktoria about the inspirations behind her costumes, the creative process that goes into a new design, and her own love of cosplay and historical reenactments.

This interview was conducted on August 17, 2012.

 

 

Total-Recall-2012-Movie-Poster-300x424For a remake like this, the only thing a person really cares about harkens back to one of the most famous sequences in all of cinema. It was a simple scene. Nothing fancy. Yet, it still fuels the fantasies of many a teenage boy.


Rest assured, the three-t----d chick is back. Briefly. But, she's there.

Earth 2 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Another Earth, where the origin of Heroes (or Wonders, as they are called) is quite different than our own.  A great evil has already been, and another is on the way.  Now, years later, the next generation of Wonders must stand against the coming darkness, on a place called Earth 2.

 

 
 

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Ravagers with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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After escaping from the top secret organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., which tortured and experimented on them, a group of superpowered teens have to evade capture and figure out what's next in their lives.


 

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Prop store logoThe following is an interview with Brandon Alinger, who is the Chief Operations Officer at the Los Angeles branch of Prop Store, which trades in the ultimate collectables: original props and costumes.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with Alinger about how the Prop Store began, the process of acquiring authentic items, and how fans can make their favorite movie collectables a part of their very own collection.

This interview was conducted on August 8, 2012.

 

M. Elizabeth HughesAt the premiere of Husbands Season 2 at the Paley Center for Media, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with producer M. Elizabeth Hughes about being back for a second season, the role of Kickstarter, and the advantages and disadvantages of the online format!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit and RunLet’s just make it easy and blame Punk’d.


It was MTV’s lame, Ashton Kutcher-produced practical joke show that introduced me to actor Dax Shepard, who often played various roles in the show’s elaborate “pranks.”   Man, was that show horrible, smug, and staggeringly unfunny.  Because Punk’d was so totally abhorrent, it caused me to never pay much attention to Shepard’s work, even when he was collaborating with people I respected, like Jon Favreau. (Shepard appeared in Zathura.)  And, I was always a little baffled by his real-life relationship with actress Kristen Bell, she of Veronica Mars and sloth-loving fame and somebody I completely adored.

 

Shadow Ops Control PointThe second highest praise I have for Shadow Ops: Control Point is that it doesn’t quite know what kind of book it wants to be. The story follows Oscar Britton, military man, as he copes with his newfound and illegal magical powers. It has been compared to Black Hawk Down and The X-Men, but I think that a more apt description is Tom Clancy’s Full Metal Jacket combined with Harry Potter (Ed. You know that Tom Clancy didn’t have a thing to do with Full Metal Jacket, right?). Of course, we all know that Tom Clancy didn’t have a thing to do with Full Metal Jacket. What I love about this book is how much it embraces the two contradictory attitudes it takes toward fiction. This book is at once a tight, realistic military thriller, and a field trip through a fantasy world where magic has returned.

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